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More Aftermath From The US Disaster At Saprissa

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We as a nation are still smarting after that disgusting and un-inspired performance down in San Jose, Costa Rica. The terror of Estadio Saprissa has two dragons in it’s den. The Purple dragon during Deportivo Saprissa’s club season and the Red, White & Blue dragon when the National Team hosts important matches in a friendly or during World Cup Qualification. The last several matches when the US went down to Saprissa to play Costa Rica they showed the heart and passion to play competitive. There was nothing being shown by the boys in the white shirts at all.

Listening to Kartik Krishnaiyer’s podcast with Jamie Trecker and Dave Denholm, I have to say that both of them were correct in their opinions of how US Soccer has handled the development of the American player. Sadly the same people who have been at Soccer House in Chicago, Illinois are still there since the days of when this sport wasn’t as popular as it is now. Things need to change and it should start at Soccer House. The mentality also has to change within USSF headquarters when your scheduling matches for the USA. We have never seen Sunil Gulati or any past president try to schedule matches within CONCACAF on the road. Teams keep coming over to US Soil and never have a taste of what goes on in Costa Rica, Guatemala & Honduras, when your scheduled to play them in a World Cup qualifier. It’s also CONCACAF’s fault not to give these countries a chance to host a Gold Cup tournament as a rotation. I don’t mind seeing it here in the USA, but somehow other countries outside of Mexico & the USA must have a chance to host this tournament as well.

What about the players who get called in to play for the national team. We have seen at times when Clint Dempsey has been called in to play he is un-inspiried and wishes he was back at Fulham. That is absolutly un-expectable and he shouldn’t be allowed to wear the colors for the Honduras qualifier and these two tournaments of the Confederations Cup & the Gold Cup. These players need to be taught a lesson when you come to the camp and the start of an important qualifier feeling like “Why am I even here”.

As nice as it is to see both Freddy Adu & Jozy Altidore on the National Team, it’s really sad when these guys aren’t getting any minutes on their club sides, or given to other clubs on loan and they still have no shot to get playing time. How can these two players get called into the National Team and barely get any form of match fitness what so ever. This is getting very frustrating.

And now it’s time to point the guns at Bob Bradley. This was the worst coaching performence in his National Team Career & where everyone who watches this side wanted to see wideopen attacking football, I bet most of you were wishing that Bradley went back to that Bucket formation on Wednesday night. Does he deserve to be fired for this horrible performence? As I have said many times on the posting boards of Big Soccer, and to other people that I have talked to on this issue. Who is coming here from Europe or South America to be our head coach? The answer right now is no one.

No one at all. Not Hiddink, Not Mourinho, Not anyone who is plying their trade in the Premiership. It’s either Bradley or bust till the end of the World Cup as we all believe that we will qualify. They don’t want to come here as they saw Jurgen Klinsmann get played by Gulati and the rest of the US Soccer Cronies. The front office people wants to control everything and they refuse to let go of their power to a coach that they want to control. Sooner than later these things need to change and accountabillity needs to be applied or else just making the World Cup won’t be enough.

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  1. Kartik Krishnaiyer

    June 6, 2009 at 4:52 pm


    If you had said COMNEBOL you may have a point.

    But UEFA? Are you joking?

    It’s a crapshoot in UEFA- you could be in a very difficult group like the one currently with the Danes, Sweden, Portugal, etc. Recall Slovenia qualified for the 2002 World Cup from UEFA and Latvia for the 2004 Euros. UEFA is the only confederation you can qualify from without beating a single other team that makes the World Cup finals, if again you are in the right group.

    COMNEBOL forces every team to play every other team twice. So chances are you’ll play 8 of 18 qualifiers against teams that make the World Cup finals. In UEFA you could conceivably play ZERO of 10 qualifiers against World Cup teams.

    Maybe you’re a Brit who doesn’t follow the world of football outside the British Isles. Broaden your horizons a bit and follow South America.

  2. Liverpool Football Club

    June 6, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Haha, at least Daniel isn’t as bad as Kartik, who doesn’t know the difference between a birth and a berth.

    On 2nd thought, they both equally suck.

    1 more thing… if team usa played in the UEFA, they’d never qualify for a single World Cup

  3. Lars

    June 6, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Daniel, I really try. I do.

    Your command of the English language is a shame based monument to the school you were educated in.

    It’s painful. What you’ve written in the above article is a collection of phrases that are supposed to be sentences. Your spelling is atrocious (it is you’re not your when you’re trying to use the contraction for you are).

    I still have not finished reading it because I’m still trying to make sense of the 2nd paragraph.

  4. Daniel Feuerstein

    June 6, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Whoever said that Tico is an idiot. We have four stadiums that clubs play on the field turf. BMO Field in Toronto, Gillette Stadium outside of Boston, Giants Stadium in Northern NJ & Qwest Field in Seattle. If this guy is talking about the heat in Costa Rica, then they should’ve practiced down there. Disgusting Performence on Wednesday.

  5. Tico

    June 6, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    As a Costa rican fan I did not think US had a chance in Costa Rica.
    US did not prepare well. Just one point alone shows this: Who was the idiot that decided to have the team trained in Miami in order to get used to the hot weather?
    This was reaally funny. As I right this (1 pm afternoon saturday 6-06 )Miami temperature 87 F high humidity. San Jose 50 degrees no humidity. Even the ESPN announcer was on LALA land on this one as he kept aying US not used to the high temperature on the artificial turf.

  6. Joey Clams

    June 6, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    That Mastroeni, a veteran, should show up wearing an Argie headband is a measure of the image-seeking and frivolity of our players. He used to be one of my favorites. If I saw him an airport, I’d laugh at him and tell him that he’s a useless tart.

  7. Ugh

    June 6, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Daniel, please stop butchering the English language. PLEASE.

  8. Larry

    June 6, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Bradley’s selections for the Confederations Cup are a joke!

  9. Elisa

    June 6, 2009 at 12:59 am

    If the US loses this weekend, Gulati, Bradley and his cronies must go!! It disgust me that our team has no heart, no fighting spirit. Major changes are needed. The US needs use this loss as a wake up call. Or else we have learned nothing from our performances in Germany.

  10. TTB

    June 5, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    solid piece Daniel. One of the first times I’ve agreed with you.

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